BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic did not slow North Dakotans’ appetite for gambling, with more than $881 million wagered on games of chance in the state in fiscal 2020.
Data shows that’s a more than 50% increase from the previous year.
North Dakota gambling regulator Deb McDaniel says “the pandemic has not hurt gaming whatsoever.”
Electronic pull tab gambling accounted for nearly $711 million of wagers in fiscal 2020. That amount has grown nearly tenfold in just two years.
McDaniel believes gambling wagers will easily exceed $1 billion in the current fiscal year.